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Oil Spill or Not?

740237_oil_spillIt has been reported that BP is still trying to cap off the oil leak in the Gulf. Despite their efforts, the oil has continued to leak. Eric Holder (U.S. Attorney General) stated in an interview that an investigation is being done, but did not elaborate on who is being investigated. Greater than 340 million gallons of oil is suspected to have leaked into the gulf as of last week. Some young scientists are testing the waters and have found several plumes of oil in the gulf.

The question that remains in the minds of the citizens in the U.S. is, “What does this mean for us?” The oil has traveled to Alabama and Mississippi. Governor Haley Barbour (MS Governor) stated that the oil spill in the Petit Bois Island (near Pascagoula, MS) was not as bad as he thought. The Gulf of Mexico oil spill was detected on April 20, 2010 and continues to spill out into the Gulf. Other questions come to mind is, “Are we breathing in any fumes from the spill?”

 

Surely some of the fumes will eventually reach the air. “Is it safe to consume seafood?” Although certain parts of the Gulf are off limits for fishing, surely no one can determine whether some of the fish, shrimp, oysters, clams, crabs, etc., have traveled near the areas of contamination. Some people in the seafood markets have talked about increasing the prices of seafood. Some argue that there should be a price decrease because of the risk involved in consumption of the seafood.

The CDC has recommended that any individual that comes in contact with the tar balls or the oil, to wash their skin immediately. The oil may contain a mixture of diesel and crude oil which could be considered harmful. Now, when will this all end?  Not only are humans in danger from the oil spill, but so are reptiles, beavers, turtles, fish cranes, birds, and other animals that survive in and along the coast. Citizens still wonder if this is a natural disaster, a careless disaster, or an intended disaster.

 

By: Sandra Lott
Last modified onFriday, 11 June 2010 13:44

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